Smartphones are completely reliant on touch interfaces. Not Counting Blackberrys
I dispise the touch interface, I have oily fat fingers. I have a LG C555 with a Full QWERTY keyboad unfortuneately it has no computing power.
Faults of Touch Interfaces
The screens gets dirty from useing it
The Interface is inacurate with fat fingers that have a large contact area with the screen
Cant use gloves while typing on touch interface...we live in Canada!
When typeing there is a large tradeoff of keyboard vs textbox size on a small screen.
How would one get a phone with a Qwerty keyboard that has computing power in Canada?
With telus can you text from a laptop with 3G?
Apparently the Droid 5 will feature a slide out keyboard similar to the Droid 4. Samsung also had rolled out the Samsung Chat a while back with a few variations. Realizing that you mentioned "aside from BB" I will still say, IMHO, the Q10 has the whole keyboard/one hand usage interface design down pat & is a solid experience. I'm also eagerly awaiting it's sequel... Q20? 🙂
The smarphones+blackberries, with build in keyboards are out of fashion. Personally I dislike phisical keyboards. In addition it get you in troubles by accidentally, dial emergency Ph#s.
Remenber the time that I'd a older 'Motorola Phone' I pulled out from the pouch N' hit the #9-the police, callMe inmediatly (these #s are equiped, with high tech detection. I decided to get rid of the Phone. Blacberry Co. went almost to the bankrupcy 'cause customer wanted, digital keyboard. CU-Later "v9"
If the Blackberry keyboard goes defective. You can still make calls with it's touchscreen. The keyboard can be swapped out by unbolting a few screws.
The thing I like about the Blackberry keyboards is the width. The sliding Droid keyboards are too wide and give me thumb pain.